EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR THORN
The thorn of Anna's inefficiency had always rankled in her flesh.
You, who have been hitherto the thorn in my path, the cloud in my fate!
There was something, too, about Paul's thorn in the flesh, but I forget that bit.
This unlucky newspaper was a thorn in the side of every patriot of Carlow County.
For their covering a mantle is what they all wear, fastened with a clasp or, for want of it, with a thorn.
That friendship had in the past been a thorn in O'Moy's flesh.
A stone's throw away on his right the common was bordered by a thorn hedge.
Then Thorn faced the panel on which the induction-screen switch was placed.
Thorn looked up to see Sylva standing by the Watch-plane door.
"By his accent, he's a Baltic Russian," said Thorn very grimly in the darkness.
Old English þorn "sharp point on a stem or branch," earlier "thorny tree or plant," from Proto-Germanic *thurnuz (cf. Old Saxon thorn, Dutch doorn, Old High German dorn, German Dorn, Old Norse þorn, Gothic þaurnus), from PIE *trnus (cf. Old Church Slavonic trunu "thorn," Sanskrit trnam "blade of grass," Greek ternax "stalk of the cactus," Irish trainin "blade of grass"), from *(s)ter-n- "thorny plant," from root *ster- "stiff."
Figurative sense of "anything which causes pain" is recorded from early 13c. (thorn in the flesh is from II Cor. xii:7). Also an Anglo-Saxon and Icelandic runic letter (þ), named for the word of which it was the initial.